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a shot, a general melee, and one of
the old-time clan battles ensued.
Now, three days later, Dan walked
into the office of Dr. Fairbanks with
the words that begin our Btory.
The favor which the young physi
cian had done to which Dan alluded
was an exigency call for attendance
on a wounded friend for whom the
officers were looking. He rode twenty
miles amidst all the perils of a dark,
stormy njght, saved the life of the
refugee, braved a stray shot from the
watching Breckitts and 'won the un
dying gratitude of Dan,
"I thought I would come and tell
you how things stood about the regis
try office," continued the young out
"Vhy, the election has settled that
matter," observed Dr. Fairbanks.
'Not by a long shot!" dissented
Dan vigorously "An election isn't
much in this country. Jed Breckitt
realizes that and, we have accident
"ally learned, has sent for a house
moving outfit to lug the register's
office, records and all over to Prince
ville." "You amaze" me!" exclaimed the
"Just let them get that building
over to Princeville," continued Dan,
!and weU never get it back The
Breckitts count on claiming fraudu
lent votes. They'll throw the case
into the courts and grab theTecords.
I've come to get your help. 1 want
you to quietly get about fifty of the
residents here who can "be depended
on, ready to act wiOi my crowd to
. morrow night."
"In what way?" inquired the doc
tor. "You'll know when the. time comes,
Doc. If your crowd will stand by us
Bidgeford'will get the records. That
ought to please you. It gives us the
county seat, it brings people here, it
builds up the town and your business,
doesn't it? Besides that, you'll have
an interest in knowing that once the
Breckitts get the register's office,
new neqple-Will bejauj in control
-1 see "'nodded the'doctor'Se-jinglt-l
the light indeed, and looking a trifle
"There's old Doliver and his gal
especially the gal, bless her pretty
eyes! Miss Dora "
"Yes, yes," interrupted the doctor,9
blushing furiously. "I feel it a duty to5
help you." i9
Old Jonathan Doliver had beenS
the registrar of the county from time
immemorial. His daughter Dora was"
his chief clerk. It meant a good dealt?
to them, this county seat imbroglio.
Besides that, Dr. Fairbanks, in the
vernacular of the district, was "court
"You people jnake a stand here,
ordered Dan to the doctor and his
party the .next night. "If we need
you we'll 6,ignat
Dan and his men had eight horses
hitched to an enormous flat drag,
made of strong timbers and chained
solidly- They ascended the hill labor
iously. As they reached'lts summit
nearly every ian broke out mto a
yell. '' .
Lanters, were flashing, men. moving
about. They had been anticipated.
Moved about fifty feet from its orig
inal siteTthere was the registry office
being slowly and cautiously dragged
along the top of the ridge. t A moving
apparatus with a windlass operated
by horses was evading a dipping slant
to get he building to the flat, level
road leading to Princeville. An im
mense rope cable, taut and straining
held the great drag on which the
structure tilted dangerously.
''Charge 'em!" ordered Dan at
once. "Leave the rest to me, an
then, as his men drove into the un
prepared Breckitts, Ban sprang- to
the cable, his bowie knife in handl
and began hacking at it
"Look out she's coming!" his
strenuous voice thundered out. '
The startled and amazed contin3
gent led by Dr. Fairbanks witnessed
a fearful spectacle, as down the steeps
hillside the heavy, clumsy structure
came, hurtling. It toppled from grader
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